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The Oslo Accords: A Critical Assessment

This collection of essays analyses the 1993 agreement between the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat and the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. It was published originally in 2013 as an e-book to mark the 20th anniversary of the Accords. Although hailed at the time as a historic milestone in the Palestinian bid for statehood, the 22 essays in the volume offer a critical examination of the famous deal by some of the leading authorities on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Contributions from the likes of Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappé, Richard Falk and others from the worlds of politics, academia, activism, journalism and law offer readers a wide range of analysis. The book traces the long struggle for Palestinian statehood and […]

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Remembering the October War

44 years ago, on 6 October 1973, Egypt and Syria launched a military campaign to reclaim territories they had lost to Israel six years earlier in 1967. The countries fought for 19 days until a UN resolution brought hostilities to an end on 25 October. What: October War When: 6 October – 25 October 1973 What happened? Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a military campaign to liberate the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights, which were occupied six years earlier during the Six Day War. The attack was launched on two fronts; Egyptian troops crossed the Suez Canal and captured territory in the Sinai while on the eastern side, Syrian forces attacked Israeli troops in the Golan to regain strategic […]

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Remembering the Iran-Iraq War

September 22, 2017 Nasim Ahmed, Middle East Monitor 0

Thirty-seven years ago this week the longest and one of the bloodiest wars seen in the 20th century began, when Iraq launched a full scale invasion of Iran. The two countries fought for eight years with an estimated one million dead and over a trillion dollars in damages. Hostilities ended in August 1988 following the acceptance of UN General Assembly Resolution 598. What: Iran-Iraq War When: 22 September 1980 – 20 August 1988 What happened? Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, launched a full scale war, initially by ordering his Air Force to destroy Iranian air fields. The invasion followed months of border conflict and diplomatic rows between the new Shia Islamic Republic in Tehran and the Ba’athist leader aspiring to become […]

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Patriarch warns of Christian flight from holy land

September 19, 2017 Nasim Ahmed, Middle East Monitor 0

A member of the Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarchate in Jerusalem warned an audience in London last week about the plight of Arab Christians under Israeli occupation. “The flight of Arab Christians from the holy land will turn churches into museums,” said Archimandrite Abdallah Giulio Brunella. Arab Christians, he explained, are being forced out from their place of origin. Father Brunella made his remarks during a meeting organised by MEMO, Europal Forum and the Think Forum for civil society leaders and human rights activists who came to meet with members of a delegation from Israeli-occupied Jerusalem on Friday. The delegation arrived in Britain two weeks ago to meet with MPs and leaders from civil society to highlight Israel’s rampant human rights […]

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